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Scholarship Recipient Profiles

Sadie Fisher

Sadie Fisher - 2012
Lehigh, Iowa

Ben Van Walbeek

Ben Van Walbeek - 2012
Bluegrass, Iowa
Business Administration: Finance and Marketing


Devlin Hogans - 2012
Des Moines, Iowa


Gregory Charles, Jr. - 2012
New Orleans, Louisiana
Business Administration: Management

Josh Moncivais

Josh Moncivais - 2013
Houston, Texas

Madison Gray

Madison Gray - 2014
Des Moines, Iowa
Elementary Education

Sammi Witten

Sammi Witten - 2014
Owassa, Oklahoma
Political Studies

Trevor Jarid Wilson

Trevor Jarid Wilson - 2014
Churdan, Iowa
Biology, Pre-Medicine

Luke Logan

Luke Logan - 2015
Des Moines, Iowa

Xavier Norman Bartee III

Xavier Norman Bartee III - 2015
Arlington, Texas
Graphic Design

Nikki Patrick

Nikki Patrick - 2016
Des Moines, Iowa

Cameron Knust

Cameron Knust - 2016
Chariton, Iowa
Criminal Justice

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Advancement/Alumni Relations Staff

Bill Burma
Vice President for Advancement
Bill Burma was named Vice President for Advancement in 2000.  A native of Allison, Iowa, Bill earned his Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Iowa in 1986 and a Master’s degree from Colorado State University in 2000.  He has over 20 years of fundraising experience including the Denver Area Council Boy Scouts, Colorado State University and St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver.  He enjoys family time with his wife and two daughters as well as gardening, golfing and boating.

Brian C. Patterson
Associate Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations
Brian earned a BA in Graphic Design, Visual Arts, with an emphasis in Communication, in 1995 from Grand View. Brian brings solid experience to the Alumni Office, from ownership of a graphic design firm to chief advancement officer for a private school. He has developed unparalleled dedication to building strong, long-lasting relationships and deepening his passion for success. Brian's off-the-job interests include spending time with his children, family and friends and also enjoys church ministry, travel, sports and photography. Brian looks forward to helping increase the financial support of Grand View by alumni and friends, exploring opportunities for new alumni activities and programs, and supporting the National Alumni Council Parent's Council.

Carrie Sponheim
Director of Annual Giving
Carrie graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2007 and started working in the Admissions Office at Grand View that summer. She loves Grand View and all a private school education has to offer students. Carrie is looking forward to meeting Alumni and hearing all the stories they have to share about Grand View. In her free time Carrie likes to run, read and spend time with her husband, daughter, family and friends.

Katie Ostrem
Manager of Alumni and Parent Relations
Katie earned a BA in Business Administration and Mass Communications, with an emphasis in Public Relations in 2006 from Grand View. Katie brings years of event management skills to the Alumni Office from her previous position as a meeting and design consultant for a third-party meeting planning company. Katie's efficiency and creativity make every event a seamless experience, allowing guests to effectively build lasting relationships. In her free time, she enjoys golfing, playing volleyball and spending time with her husband, friends and family.

Laura Otto
Executive Secretary
Laura Otto graduated in 2002 from Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa with a B.A. in English Literature. Prior to her employment at Grand View, she taught English conversation classes in Japan and later worked in the Central College Abroad Office in Pella, IA. At Grand View she supervises work study students, maintains calendars for the Vice President and Associate Vice President for Advancement, assists with mailings and events, and makes sure the office is running smoothly. While away from work, she enjoys reading, movies, archery, and spending time with her husband and family.

Margaret McCullough
Director of Grants and Advancement Research
Marge McCullough is  a graduate of the University of Michigan, Marge’s early career as a grant funded social science researcher at Michigan, Columbia University and the University of Washington provided her with sound experience for her work as Grand View’s grants writer.

Mary Benetti
Director of Planned Giving
Mary Benetti grew up in Belmond, Iowa. She graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle with a bachelor of arts degree in political science. Before coming to Grand View she worked as a fundraising professional in higher education, cultural organizations and human services. Mary enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends, reading and sewing.

Robert Oxenford
Director of Major Gifts and Donor Engagement
Robert is a native to the Des Moines Area and earned his degree in Organizational Studies with an emphasis in Marketing and Communications in 2008 from Grand View. Robert has a deep passion for Grand View and loves to share stories of the campuses evolution over the years and loves seeing how it is evolving today. Robert comes to Grand View after a career in the financial industry since 2001. He also served on the Grand View National Alumni Council for almost three years. In his free time Robert loves to be outdoors, riding bikes, swimming, boating and snowshoeing.

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